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Registration for the 2022-23 season is now open! Registration will close on April 27, 2022 at 9 pm.
Please see the letter below about assessments for 10U and above.
Dear ESHA Hockey Families,
Once again, we find ourselves at the end of a hockey season that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. We have many teams preparing for playoffs and tournaments to wrap up the season, and your Board has begun preparing for next season. Thank you to all of you as youth sports, especially hockey, do not happen for our kids without everyone helping in some capacity.
We will build our 2022-23 teams following the same format that we used to build this season’s teams. We will end our season with on-ice assessments for all our current ESHA players. In late April, tryouts for all returning ESHA players and players new to ESHA will be held. As we have done in past seasons, we will only be placing players on teams for 10U-18U this spring; we will place all 8U players in the opening weeks of next season.
First will be our end-of-season on-ice assessments for our current ESHA players. Players will skate at the age group that they will play at next season. For example, a player that is a 12U this season and will play 14U next season will attend the 14U skate. The schedule for our on-ice assessments is:
Wednesday 3/9: 10Us at 6:30 and 12Us at 7:45
Thursday 3/10: 14Us at 6:30 and 16 & 18Us at 7:45
Finally, we will hold our tryouts for the 2022-2023 season at Piney Orchard on Saturday, April 30. Once again, players will skate with the age group that they will play at during the 2022-2023 season. The try-out schedule is:
10Us at 12:00
12Us at 1:10
14Us at 2:20
16 & 18Us at 3:30
Best of luck to all our teams as we wrap up our Ice Hawks season. We look forward to building next season’s teams with our current players while welcoming new players.
ESHA Hockey Director
The Eastern Shore Hockey Association (ESHA) is a non-profit youth ice hockey organization, committed to helping our children to learn and develop the skills necessary to play ice hockey in a safe environment.
With our limited resources, every effort has been made to offer options suitable for each player’s age, ability, and competitive interest.
We currently have teams dedicated to recreational level youth hockey (CCHL / Red teams) as well as a more competitive Tier II youth hockey program (CBHL / Blue teams). Both, the Red and Blue teams, are USA Hockey age levels 10U through 18U. We also offer 8U and 6U instructional hockey which teaches the basic fundamentals and elements of the game, this program may participate in games and 8U jamborees which are usually cross-ice with limited travel.
With only one ice rink in our area, both Red and Blue teams are considered “travel” hockey teams and are for the experienced skaters (for learn to skate or youth non-travel hockey CLICK HERE). ESHA’s Tier II “Blue” teams play within the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL), being more competitive, and played to win. The Red Teams typically play in the Capitol Corridor Hockey League (CCHL) which is a little more “recreational” in nature. Both the CBHL and CCHL are comprised of teams from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC, with most teams being within a two-hour drive from the Easton area. The youth hockey season runs from September through March. Most teams have two evening practices per week with games on the weekends. Player evaluations are scheduled in April and are open to returning and new players.
*It is very important that players and parents understand and accept the time and financial commitment of playing on a team, especially the CBHL Travel Teams.
So Your Kid Wants to Play Ice Hockey - Where Do You Start?
Make sure they like to skate, because as a hockey player they will be doing lots of skating. The Talbot County Community Center (TCCC) Ice Rink offers public sessions throughout the year. Bring your child and some of their friends to a couple of public sessions to see if they like skating, they might actually bump into some of our hockey players.
Once they are able to skate we offer two options (depending on age):
1. We offer our very own Learn To Play (LTP) program. This is an option/program designed primarily for players who want to start playing hockey. This program emphasizes hockey skating skills and stick handling with an introduction to the game of hockey. The LTP program is for children ages 4-9 years old that are able to skate. If your child cannot skate, it is HIGHLY recommended that they take a Learn to Skate session.
3. Or, once they have learned how to skate, it is time to join our Easton Ice Hawks. Go to our website and register or contact our Registrar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Kids 8 and under can participate in our program (again, they should be able to skate) and can join at any time. For players aged 10-18, we hold tryouts in late April / early May for the upcoming season.